Issaquah earns key victory over Eastlake, 4-0

October 20, 2009

By Christopher Huber

Olivia Schmoe (left), Issaquah senior defender, and Kelly Morro, Eastlake junior forward, battle as they chase the soccer ball out of bounds during the first period of their Oct. 13 soccer match at Issaquah Stadium. By Greg Farrar

Olivia Schmoe (left), Issaquah senior defender, and Kelly Morro, Eastlake junior forward, battle as they chase the soccer ball out of bounds during the first period of their Oct. 13 soccer match at Issaquah Stadium. By Greg Farrar

Coming into its Oct. 13 match against Eastlake, the Issaquah High School girls soccer team was reeling from its big loss to district rival Skyline Oct. 8.

The 2-0 defeat was the Eagles first 4A KingCo Conference loss and it knocked Issaquah into second place with five games remaining.

So, when it came time to face another tough team from the plateau, the Eagles were focused. They knew they had to outhustle the Wolves on both sides of the ball and take advantage of any scoring opportunity they got.

“When they got their chances, they put them away,” Eastlake captain Courtney Pixler said.

Issaquah forward Kristin Maris scored all four goals in the Eagles’ 4-0 win against Eastlake.“The game proved to be a test of wills. In the end, they prevailed,” said Eastlake head coach Chuck Krieble. “I tip my hat to her. We knew we had to mark her, but just couldn’t get to her in time.”

The win put Issaquah back in first, tied with Skyline (each at 6-1-0 in KingCo), and Eastlake’s loss brought it to 5-2-0 in league play.

“It was a huge win for us coming off of a loss to Skyline,” Maris said. “It was important we came back and played well.”

The key to the game, Maris and Issaquah head coach Tom Bunnell said, was to contain Eastlake’s speedy players — Allie Beahan, Kelly Morro and Candice Osei-Agyemang — up front.

“It was a matter of us shoring up our defensive responsibilities,” Bunnell said.

The second half was “physical across the board,” he said. Issaquah struck in the third minute of the half, when Maris punched in a 20-yard Audrey Thomas loft kick.

Leading 2-0 in the 50th minute, Maris took advantage of another opportunity. This time, Abby Glasgow posted the ball up on a free kick from 30 yards out. Maris, in perfect position near the left goalpost, headed it in right past Eastlake goalkeeper Bryce Kennedy.

The goal seemed to be a testament to Issaquah’s intent to be the best team in the air this season.

“We really like to be the best team in the air, and we focus on winning every ball in the air,” Maris said.

The Wolves offense posed a threat early on, penetrating the Issaquah defense and creating a few scoring opportunities, but Issaquah held tight.

The Eagles adjusted in the physical, back-and-forth match and managed to score on a Maris penalty kick before the halftime break. She put the game away with another penalty kick score late in the second half.

“We really wanted to capitalize on everything we got,” she said.

Krieble said he was impressed with Issaquah’s front attack, especially junior forward Margaret Rauch’s ability to control the ball and hold off Eastlake defenders.

“We couldn’t catch up at the end,” Krieble said. But “the score doesn’t reflect the effort.”

Eagles, Spartans still tied

Issaquah and Skyline finished the week tied for first place with 7-1 records. The Eagles defeated Ballard 4-0 Oct. 15 and the Spartans edged Inglemoor 4-3.

Kelsey Ford, Maris and Dayna Talley scored Issaquah’s goals against Ballard. Goalkeeper Brooke Miller picked up her second shutout of the week.

Skyline, bouncing back from a 1-0 loss to Woodinville Oct. 13, broke a 3-3 tie in the 70th minute, when Emily Anderson scored the game-winning goal. Anderson was assisted on the goal by Coral Anderson. Emily Anderson also scored Skyline’s first goal at 4:20 on an assist from Anna Morgan, and assisted on a goal by Jackie Wilson at 31:22.

Shea O’Donnell, assisted by Maddie Christ, gave Skyline a 3-0 lead at 42:18, before Inglemoor rallied for three straight goals to tie the game.

Patriots blank Bellevue

Treva LeRoy had a goal and an assist Oct. 15 as she sparked Liberty to a 3-0 victory against Bellevue in a 3A KingCo contest.

Cassidy Nagle and Chelsea Noonan scored Liberty’s other goals.

The Patriots lost to Sammamish 2-1 Oct. 16. Kailiana Johnson scored Liberty’s goal.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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